Mike Shanahan is officially not making any friends as coach of the Washington Redskins. Granted, the Albert Haynesworth situation is more a case of an overpaid diva acting like a douche, but Shanahan certainly doesn’t seem to be overseeing a unified locker room. According to Kelli Johnson of Comcast Sportsnet in Washington, Donovan McNabb has been benched for the ‘Skins in favor of Rex Grossman and a lot of players are not happy about it.
You might recall McNabb being benched for Grossman at the end of a game earlier in the season — another Shanahan move that wasn’t exactly popular. What makes all of this so interesting is that the Redskins signed McNabb to a lucrative extension a little over a month ago. If they’re benching him for week 15 of the season coming off a decent performance, it’s obvious McNabb isn’t in the team’s future plans.
When word of McNabb’s contract extension surfaced, we explained to you how the Redskins have an out with the contract if they decide McNabb is not going to be their quarterback of the future. The new deal has yet to kick in, and it never has to if Washington doesn’t want it to. Needless to say, there would be a lot of confused people if McNabb was the Redskins quarterback come training camp in 2011.